Boldin, Catchings, Cena, Lundqvist vie for Sports Humanitarian award
Anquan Boldin, Tamika Catchings, John Cena and Henrik Lundqvist are the athlete finalists for the inaugural Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards.
Multiple sports-related leagues and/or governing bodies — including MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL, USOC, USTA, WNBA, WWE and the Women’s Sports Foundation — nominated athletes, teams and community members for the awards. The nominees are people and teams who are “using the power of sports to transform lives and uplift communities,” according to the announcement.
There will also be four inaugural “Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award” honorees, recognized “for taking risks and using innovation to help the disadvantaged,” ESPN said in a statement.
‘Tis Better to Give…
This article originally appeared on FCA.org.
If it weren’t for faith in Christ and a willingness to serve, the stories of Anquan Boldin and Hikeem “Bubba” Banks probably would never have intertwined. Sure, both grew up in Pahokee, Florida, but they were four years apart and even further separated on Pahokee’s “Most Likely to Succeed” scale.
Boldin, now a star wide receiver in the NFL, was a football prodigy by ninth grade in Pahokee, where the sport serves as—too often quite literally—your “Get Out of Jail Free” card. A few years later, also by ninth grade, Banks was on the other end of the spectrum, expelled from high school and seemingly doomed to a life of drinking, drugs and poverty.
In Pahokee, sadly, Banks’ narrative is far more common than Boldin’s. It’s a small town on the banks of Lake Okeechobee where football is seen as your ticket out. If you’re not one of those fortunate few, you grow up quickly in a town overrun by drugs, crime and poverty, a town so poor that—as author Bryan Mealer put it in his book Muck City—families often resort to catching rainwater to survive because they can’t afford utilities.
Matthew Barrows: Boldin is worth keeping for 49ers
What’s the difference between Anquan Boldin and Santa Claus? Boldin’s largesse isn’t limited to late December.
Last week, the 49ers receiver’s foundation helped hand out Thanksgiving meals to 900 families in his hometown of Pahokee, Fla. Next month, he’ll provide toy-shopping sprees for underprivileged kids in Pahokee and the Bay Area.
Value proposition: The Niners’ new receiver, Anquan Boldin, may be better off the field than on it
By Gary Belsky | ESPN The Magazine
MANY PEOPLE have experienced the mix of dread and anticipation that comes when they power up a cellphone after a long flight and find dozens of new voice and text messages waiting. Far fewer have received the kind of life-altering news that greets Anquan Boldin as his Iberia Airlines plane taxis on a runway on the outskirts of Dakar, the capital of Senegal, on a cool West African evening in March 2013. Just five weeks after starring in the Ravens’ 34-31 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, the 32-year-old wide receiver learns that he’s just been traded to the losing side. This is Boldin’s second trip to Africa in a year, the result of a developing relationship he has with Oxfam America, a charitable organization focused on helping the world’s poor. An hour or so after landing, Boldin and his wife, Dionne, make it through customs and are greeted in the airport parking lot by Bridgett Coates, Boldin’s PR rep, and Andrew Blejwas, an Oxfam official. Both of them have heard about the trade, but neither knows whether Boldin has. “It was a weird situation,” Blejwas recalls later. “We’re standing there wondering what his reaction will be.”…..
Anquan joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss his trip to Senegal with Oxfam America
Anquan leading Sports Illustrated’s
Super Bowl XLVII Preview
Ravens Player Anquan Boldin Takes Underprivileged Kids On Holiday Shopping Spree
Giving back! That’s what one Ravens player is all about! Dozens of kids are going home a little happier Tuesday after being taken on a holiday shopping spree with Anquan Boldin. CLICK HERE to read more!
Consider Global Hunger and Do Your Part to Give Back this Holiday Season
An op-ed piece Anquan wrote for GOOD. CLICK HERE to read more!
Anquan in Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback
An interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King about the off the field work Anquan Boldin is doing with OxFam. CLICK HERE to read more!
Service Important To Ravens’ Boldin
An interview with Pro Football Weekly’s Mike Wilkening about the off the field work Anquan Boldin in doing. CLICK HERE to read more!
RaveTV Wins 17th Emmy Award
The Baltimore Ravens broadcasting team, RaveTV, was honored over the weekend with its 17th Emmy award.
RaveTV won the award in the Sports Feature/Segment category for a piece on Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin. CLICK HERE to read more!
Anquan at the Do the Write Thing Challenge
On May 7, the stars came out at noon. Pro football’s Anquan Boldin offered advice and encouragement to 210 student stars at the 2012 Do the Write Thing Challenge luncheon. CLICK HERE to read more!
Anquan on the cover of Eastbay Magazine’s June 2011 Edition
NFL stars gather in Pahokee for Anquan Boldin Foundation charity events
It didn’t take long for Anquan Boldin’s spirit of goodwill to spread to his fellow NFL players in town for Q-Fest, Boldin’s charity weekend. CLICK HERE to read more!
Anquan Boldin Named Honorary Chair of United Way’s Emerging Leaders United Program
Anquan Boldin, has partnered with United Way of Central Maryland as an ambassador for its Emerging Leaders United program. CLICK HERE to read more!
Under Armour Signs Ravens WR Anquan Boldin To Endorsement Deal
Under Armour Inc. said it signed Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin to an endorsement deal. CLICK HERE to read more!
Introducting The Catches For A Cause Program
The Anquan Boldin Foundation is proud to announce the “Catches For A Cause” program where you can be a part of Team Boldin for the 2011 season! CLICK HEREto read more!
AAA Mid-Atlantic Partners With NFL Baltimore Ravens Anquan Boldin
Aquarius Sports and Entertainment, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s sponsorship agency of record, announced today that AAA Mid-Atlantic has entered into a athlete marketing relationship with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin. CLICK HERE to read more!
Boldin and Local Celebs contribute to Saving Energy
Valley TV celebrities and sports figures such as NFL wide reciever Anquan Boldin joined in the Fridge-A-Thon campaign collaborating with the artists and offering their support for the cause. Read more by CLICKING HERE!
Check out Q as the wrists in the Frankenstud for GQ Magazine’s “Assembling The Perfect NFL Superstar”
Cardinals Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin Recognized Again for Charity Work
Teammates Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin win as much off the field as they have been on the field! CLICK HERE to read more!
Boldin Embraces Role Model Responsibility Through Foundation
Anquan Boldin, a champion in his community, is much more than just an NFL superstar. CLICK HERE to read more!
Thank you to all who attended the 5th Annual Anquan Boldin Foundation Dinner in Phoenix.
Anquan takes the October 09 cover of “Scottsdale Health” Magazine. CLICK HERE to see the article.
See Anquan on FOX Sports “The After Party” discussing another Superbowl run and career with TV Sports personality Jay Glazer. CLICK HERE to view the video.
ANQUAN BOLDIN HOSTED HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE IN ARIZONA AND FLORIDA
Cardinals Anquan Boldin, the Anquan Boldin Foundation and over 150 Kids from Crisis Nursery of Phoenix, as well as both Pahokee Pals and Pahokee Beacon Center of Florida each received $100 Gift Cards for holiday shopping. The kids enjoyed a day of shopping at Toys R Us Chandler and Wal-Mart West Palm Beach. A Special Thank You to glacéau and all the volunteers for their contribution.
Pahokee Pals Thanks The Q81 Foundation for its Holiday Donations
For Thanksgiving 2009, the Anquan Boldin Foundation provided gift baskets to several after school programs in Palm Beach County. Below photo is from Pahokee Pals from one of the families who received the gift. Pahokee Middle/High School Dedicates the Anquan Boldin Stadium, Home of the Blue Devils Three-Time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin Honored With a Stadium in His Name and the “Distinguished Service” and “Key To The City” Awards for His Generosity and Positive Leadership in the Pahokee Community
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL SPONSORS, CELEBRITIES, AND GUESTS… The 5th Annual Q-FESTIVAL Weekend
April 16th – 18th, 2009 in Anquan’s hometown, Pahokee, FL. Pahokee Star and Three-Time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin Hosted Golf Tournament, Celebrity Basketball Game And ‘Fun Day at the Park’ Pahokee residents and businesses joined Anquan for the Anquan Boldin Foundation’s Q-Fest Weekend celebrated on April 16-18, 2009. Attendees enjoyed the second annual Golf Tournament on April 16, the very popular Celebrity Basketball Game in its fifth year on April 17, and the “Fun Day in the Park” event that kids young and old truly enjoyed on April 18.